Mauritius seeks UN assistance in fight against HIV/AIDS

Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In a meeting with a UN delegation, led by Region al Director Mark Sterling.
Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolan, Tuesday called the UN to continue to s upport his country in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Ramgoolan said "the UN must not think that Mauritius is a rich country, the prev alence rate of the disease is low and the island needs no aid.
"We must concentrate our efforts on vulnerable groups, including young people an d prostitutes.
" During Sterling's visit, the parties discussed the best way to collaborate to at tain the sixth Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which is to prevent HIV/AIDS f r om further spreading.
A UN study carried out in Mauritius in 2007 showed a significant increase in the disease's prevalence rate among people between the age of 15 and 49.
The study also showed that the prevalence rate was higher among people using dru gs through intravenous injection, with significant interactions with sex workers and among homosexuals.
The UN team visited NGOs working with the HIV/AIDS patients, the health centre d evoted to these patients in Port-Louis and Mauritius prisons.

13 may 2008 18:47:00




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